College Scholarship Golf Tournament Seeks Sponsors and Players

Suggested Photo caption: Bethel-Guidry Scholarship Golf Tournament benefits graduates

             September 28th will be the date for this year’s Bethel-Guidry College Scholarship Golf Tournament held at Mountain Harbour Golf Club in Hayesville, NC. This event raises funds for deserving high school graduates from Clay County, NC and Towns County, GA to attend the university or trade school of their choice.

            The Golf Tournament is an initiative of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville. The Bethel-Guidry Foundation is named for the church’s deacon, Turner Guidry and his wife Georgia Bethel, who have worked tirelessly as teachers and mentors for the youth of our area over the last several decades.

            Approximately 10 area youth have received financial assistance for their entire college or trade school education through this event’s efforts over the past few years. Scholarships for 2019 were awarded this spring to Sylvan Schuette of Towns County and Laney Burch of Hayesville.

            To ensure the tournament’s success and guarantee that the Class of 2020’s chosen scholars are rewarded, the event is putting out the annual call for Sponsorships, Participants and Volunteers. Event Co-Chairmen Jose Arias and Sanford Freeman urge individuals, businesses, or groups of interested citizens to step forward as Golf Tournament sponsors. Sponsorship levels range from $100 to $500 with exciting benefits available at each level. Sponsors can also opt to support contests such as the Hole In One and Putting Contests or to underwrite the Refreshment Cart or Golfer Continental Breakfast.

            Arias adds, "As preparation is under way for this year’s Bethel-Guidry College Scholarship Golf Tournament, we hope to have even bigger turnout than years past.  We are in the process of getting some great gifts, sponsors, and items for our silent auction. We hope that if you are a golfer, you'll sign up and play.  Even if you’re not a golfer, help out by being a sponsor or by donating gifts for our golf gift bags or our silent auction.  All proceeds will benefit a senior from both Clay and Towns County high schools."

            Participation to play in the tournament costs $100 per person entry fee and includes a Golfer Continental Breakfast, range balls, gift bags, and a celebratory luncheon. Additional luncheon tickets are available for $30 each. A cash bar is also available. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Bethel-Guidry Foundation. Last year’s Golf Tournament raised $12,000 for the Bethel Guidry Foundation, and its many sponsors were a large reason for the success.

            For more information or to sign up for sponsorships, golf participation or volunteering, write to: or Please put “Request for Registration Form” or “Sponsorship” in the email subject line. Please send registration forms, event sponsorships and checks to: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, PO Box 677, Hayesville, NC  28904. Visit to download this year’s tournament flyer and information about the scholarship.


Good Shepherd Honors Founder Ellie Wilson

Good Shepherd Sunday School “reunion” 60 years later: Sarah Atwood (daughter of former member), Tommy Ledford, Becky Ledford Van Gorder, Florence Wilson Atwood, Pam Roberts Owenby, Danny Wilson, Pat Roberts Payne.

Good Shepherd Honors Founder Ellie Wilson


            On May 19 Good Shepherd Episcopal Church celebrated its Founders Day on what would have been Eleanor Lambert Wilson’s 100th Birthday. The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Hayesville was begun by four couples: Ellie and Monroe Wilson, Dorothy and Rufus Vick, Ruth and Quentin Moore, and Evan and James Ledford. They met in one another’s homes, then in the Masonic Hall, until they built a small concrete block church on Myers Chapel Road near the high school in 1959. The church moved to its current location on Hwy 64 in 1981.

            A capacity crowd showed up for picnic fare, including some of Ellie’s recipes. On display were wooden candlesticks, offering plates, and other gifts turned on the lathe or built for the church by Monroe. Many of these treasures, as well as items gifted to the church at its founding, are still in use today. A plaque commemorating the founding of Good Shepherd by the four original couples was unveiled for display in the church.

            Ellie died in 2010 at the age of 91. Present for the 100th anniversary of her birth were her son Danny Wilson, currently residing in Clay County Care Center, and youngest daughter Florence Atwood and her family. Daughter Ann Harper and son John Wilson sent greetings and remembrances.

            Local residents Becky Ledford Van Gorder and her brother Tommy Ledford were present to honor their parents as well. The Roberts sisters, Pam and Patty, came to share memories of attending Sunday School when their mother Francis Roberts played the organ.

            Ellie’s book about the founding of Good Shepherd and its first 50 years can be downloaded in PDF format from the church website at Two autobiographical books by Eleanor Wilson, My Journey to Appalachia and My Life in Brasstown, can be purchased on line or from the JC Campbell Folk School. To learn more about the dynamic church she and Monroe helped to found, visit the church website or “Come and See.” The church is located one mile east of Hayesville on Hwy. 64.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church honors Eleanor Lambert Wilson, a founder of the church, who was born 100 years ago and died in 2010.

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Walk with Jesus to Easter

The Rev. Bill Breedlove and the Rev. George Choyce celebrate Eucharist during The Great Vigil of Easter.


Walk with Jesus to Easter

            Over the centuries the Easter story has given birth to beautiful and moving liturgies to help Christians enter into Jesus’ last days. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church invites you to a variety of special services Wednesday through Saturday night as we journey with Christ. The full Holy Week schedule of services beginning with Palm Sunday April 14 through Easter Sunday can be found on the church website at

            On Wednesday April 17 at 11:00a.m. Holy Eucharist is focused on Generational Healing in which we bring all our family generations into the cleansing spirit of Holy Week. Our families, with all their gifts and woundedness, will be offered at the altar for blessing and healing. Individual prayer will also be available.

            Thursday at 7p.m. we observe Maundy Thursday, when Jesus gave the new commandment (mande) “That we should love one another as he first loved us.” The demonstration of self-giving is the washing of feet. Following Holy Communion, the church is stripped of all decoration just as Jesus was stripped of his garments before his crucifixion. All candles and lamps are extinguished, symbolizing the darkness of the world without God.

            At the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus agonized in prayer, and asked his disciples, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” Throughout Thursday night we are invited to come to “the garden” in the side chapel for quiet prayer and meditation in preparation for the events of Good Friday. The official watch ends with Stations of the Cross at 7a.m. Friday morning.

            Noon on Friday brings the second of this complex series of rites which cover the Three Sacred Days of our redemption. We hear the account in Holy Scripture of the Lord’s trial, suffering, and death. A large cross is borne into the center of the church where all have an opportunity to pray before the cross and add our nail at its foot. Following Holy Communion (from the Sacrament consecrated the previous night), we leave the church in silence or proceed to the Parish Hall for Hot Cross Buns.

            Friday night’s offering is the film “God on Trial,” shown at 7pm in the Parish Hall. Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz during World War II put God on trial in absentia for abandoning the Jewish people. The subject content of this 86 minute film is for mature audiences. There will be no discussion.

            The Great Vigil of Easter begins Saturday night at 7p.m. It is a memorable enactment of the theological center of the Christian faith and life. It begins with the words, “Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by hearing his Word and celebrating his Sacraments, we share in his victory over death.”

            This ancient and beautiful liturgy moves us from darkness into light. It begins with the lighting of the Paschal candle with a spark generated the Native American way by member Darry Wood. Beginning with the story of creation, an additional candle is lit with each reading of the Hebrew scriptures until we reach the Good News of the New Testament when full light is restored. As we renew our baptismal vows, the first Holy Eucharist of Easter is joyfully celebrated.

            Of course, the traditional Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday services are offered to all at 8a.m. and 10:45a.m., but we hope you will explore these lesser-known opportunities to participate in the life of Christ as part of your own spiritual journey. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church is located at 495 Herbert Hills Drive, one mile east of Hayesville on Highway 64.

Easter Cantata is April 13

Easter Cantata is April 13 in Hayesville

Sandy Benson


The Easter story unfolds Saturday, April 13 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville. Everyone is invited to the Easter cantata, “What Love Is This?” sung by the Chancel Choir at 6:30 p.m.


Choral pieces, alternated with narration, bring the Easter story to life as the cantata moves from Jesus’ jubilant donkey ride through the streets of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through the momentous days of Holy Week – the Last Supper, the dark night at Gethsemane, the crucifixion and the bleak time following – to the triumph of the Resurrection.


The musical collaboration between renowned composers Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Brad Nix, Marty Parks, and Larry Shackley, ranges from festive to meditative, reflecting the highs and lows of that timeless week.


“Bring your heart, soul and spirit to the Easter Cantata and feel the music lift you up into praise of our beautiful Lord and Savior, Jesus,” invites Keith Christensen, choir director. “Feel in this beautiful music His journey to the cross and His resurrection to save us.”


The concert will be followed by a small reception in the Parish Hall. Proceeds from a free-will donation will go to the Hurlburt Johnson Friendship House in Murphy. The shelter provides a safe housing environment and supportive services for the homeless and vulnerable and is the only one of its kind within a hundred-mile radius.


Good Shepherd is located at 495 Herbert Hills Dr. in Hayesville. For more information about the concert or other programs and activities, please visit Good Shepherd’s website, or call 828-389-3397.